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Polish bible by Tim Smith

The previously mentioned Migration Museum Project ‘100 Images of Migration‘ competition deadline has been extended to 15 July 2011. I have been given permission to use the image to the side as an example of one of the entries.

A woman born in Britain holds the only two possessions her Polish mother brought with her when she arrived in this country shortly after the end of the Second World War. They are her Polish bible, and a photograph of her holding the bible on the farm in Germany to which she was deported to work during the War. She never returned to Poland. I like this picture as it is indicative of the few things that many migrants are able to carry with them on the often difficult journeys that they are forced into making: their culture and their memories.

Migrants don’t always get a chance to pick up their arrest warrant, their party membership documents or a signed statement from their torturers admitting their culpability.

There is also a very interesting sounding panel discussion coming up on 13 July 2011. The speakers are Sir Harry Kroto, Philippe Sands QC, Mike Phillips, Gita Sahgal. Barbara Roche is introducing and Rabinder Singh QC chairing. Details here.

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One Response

  1. FM, your second paragraph is exactly the sort of thing that rubs people up the wrong way!

    No reasonable Presenting Officer expects an asylum applicant to be able to present all, and perhaps even any, of those documents upon applying for asylum.

    I think what frustrates a lot of POs is the ease with which they pick up fake documents. The classic example is huge numbers of Zimbabweans all producing fake MDC membership cards. Such applicants do no favours for those that are genuinely in need of protection and for whom I have every sympathy for in the hardships they encounter- whether that’s the journey to the UK or the journey that is qualifying for asylum.